It’s easy to thank your lucky stars that you have a healthy child, but it doesn’t do much in the way of dousing my strong desire to do something to help kids with cancers like leukemia. So, instead of sitting on my rear, I challenge you to join me as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month wraps up with these butt-kicking ways to join the fight against childhood cancer.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand, formed when Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 1, and by age 4 decided to have a lemonade stand to raise money for charity to help other kids. This month, the foundation hosts the Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride., giving participants the opportunity to log miles any time during the month. The goal is to reach a collective one million miles and raise awareness and money to find better treatments and cures for pediatric cancer. There is no fee to register and no minimum fundraising requirement. Even your dog can log mileage.
American Childhood Cancer Organization’s PJammin Days
The American Childhood Cancer Organization encourages people around the globe to promote understanding that gold is the color of childhood cancer awareness. To get kids involved, the charity has set up a program called PJammin. The idea is to support kids with cancer who spend months in their pj’s at home and in the hospital during treatments. Kids, schools or anyone who wants to get involved for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — or any time — just need to organize a PJammin Day and wear pajamas to school or work for a minimum $1 donation per participant to support kids who are battling, lost their fight or have survived cancer.
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation’s Dribble for the Cure
The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation was established in 1982 to find lifesaving treatments and bring hope to children battling cancer. With roots in Orange County, California, and events across the country, you can get involved in Bid for the Kid events, attend a classic car show or Dribble for the Cure where you can rub elbows with basketball stars and dribble your own basketball through a course winding across the St. John campus.
Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California’s Kids Walk
The Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern California, formerly known as Candlighters of the Inland Empire, was formed to provide emotional support for parents, families and friends who have or have had kids with cancer. In the month of September, CCF hosts a Kids Walk that finishes at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital to raise awareness about and funds to fight pediatric cancers. They also host a memorial candle lighting ceremony to honor the memories of all the children who have battled cancer.
CURE Childhood Cancer Association’s Whipping Childhood Cancer Challenge
CURE Childhood Cancer Association was formed by Rochester parents who lost their children to cancer to provide much-needed counseling, understanding, resources and education for families of children diagnosed with cancer. To raise awareness about the 46 children diagnosed and seven children lost every day to pediatric cancer in the United States, the CURE staff take a pie in the face to support this great cause during a 5K fun walk for an event called Whipping Childhood Cancer. To participate off-site, you can record a video of yourself taking a pie to the face, choose a pediatric cancer charity to donate $7 to and challenge seven friends to make their own videos within 46 hours.
How do you plan to get involved in these butt-kicking ways to join the fight against childhood cancer for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and beyond?